Episode Twenty Five: Kindness Returned

In the first interview for the podcast Alton Chung shared his favorite books as a child – The baby whale, Sharp Ears, a tale about a Sperm Whale (hey, that rhymes!) and the Japanese tale The Naughty Badger, a story that he tells on his CD Spider Weaver And other Tales From Asia.
The music was July, by Kai Engel.
The Story Story Short for the patrons of the podcast was “The Snipe and the Mussel” by storyteller Julie Moss and the full interview with Alton Chung, where he talks about how he became a storyteller and how he finds his stories.   To hear the Story Story Short, consider becoming a patron of the podcast!
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Episode Seventeen: Spider and Butterfly

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Alton Chung

Alton performs at storytelling festivals internationally, sharing stories and legends from Hawaii and spreading aloha.  He also tells stories from the Hawaiian Monarchy and the Plantation Days as well as Asian folk tales from all around the Pacific Rim.  Alton is also passionate about sharing stories of the Japanese American Experience of WWII.  In 2005, Alton was awarded the first J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award by the National Storytelling Network.  He has performed at the Congress of Asian Storytellers in Singapore, the International Gimme Story Storytelling Festival in the Cayman Islands, as well as venues in India, China, and Okinawa.  He has also performed at the Talk Story Festival, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, the Four Corners Storytelling Festival, the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, and has been a New Voice Teller at the National Storytelling Festival.

Find him at his website, and on Facebook!

Also Featured On: Episode Twenty: The Stolen Tree

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Episode Four: Tales from the Sky

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Robin Bady

Award-winning storyteller Robin Bady performs and teaches throughout the United States, Germany, Ireland and China in theaters, cafes, schools, museums, festivals and online. She loves all stories, particularly true ghost stories told by the person who experienced the “presence”.  She frequently partners with instrument builder Skip LaPlante and violinist Concetta Abbate – their latest project is “The Rootabaga Stories” by Carl Sandburg. She is the host of the celebrated monthly storytelling series, BADYHouse Storytelling Concerts, which takes place in her home.
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Lyn Ford

Who is Lyn Ford?

  • A fourth-generation, nationally recognized, Affrilachian* storyteller.
  • A teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and workshop facilitator with both OAAE and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center.
  • A Thurber House mentor.
  • A writer, published in storytelling magazines and newsletters, as well as teachers’ enrichment books and story anthologies, and her own books.
  • A recording artist with award-winning CDs.
  • A Laughter Yoga Teacher and breath mechanic.  Go to my new page, Laughter, Breath, Joy!, for more information!
  • A happy partner-in-life, mama, grandmama, great-grandmama, and good cook!

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Episode Six: Ananzi and Common Sense

Episode Eight: Gift From the Sea

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Episode Three: What Will You Give Me?

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Ilan Glazer

Rabbi Ilan is honored to be Rabbi of Beth Sholom Synagogue. Rabbi Ilan grew up in Conservative synagogues and schools, USY youth groups, and Camp Ramah. He has worked with many Jewish environmental and social justice organizations and has led Jewish trips in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Israel. Rabbi Ilan has brought his unique blend of Torah, humor, music, and insights from the storytelling, personal growth and public speaking disciplines to synagogues, schools, JCC’s, retreat centers, and army bases throughout the Jewish world. Prior to coming to Beth Sholom, Rabbi Ilan was the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El of North Bergen, NJ.
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Asha Sampath

Asha is an educator turned storyteller.  She believes in the magical power of stories to connect, communicate and transform. She is passionate about helping revive the oral tradition and began a social media page “Tale Spin: a platform for stories” to spread awareness about stories and storytelling. Enjoys telling interactive stories to audiences of all age groups. Conducts storytelling workshops for children and adults and mentors budding storytellers.
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